It helps out unit get better at our camping skills, in particular planning.
My last couple podcasts have been on Leave No Trace, and the next couple will also be on Leave no trace. You see it is an important part of our Scouting Stewardship.
We have the Outdoor code. It is a great code that focus’s our thoughts and actions in the out doors. No matter what kind of camping you do.
For those that have not seen the Out door code lately, here is a quick reminder;
As an American I will do my best to
- Be clean in my outdoor manners
- I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others.
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
- Be careful with fire
- I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
- Be considerate in the outdoors
- I will treat public and private property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
- Be conservation minded
- I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.
So, as you can see, it’s pretty much the same as the 7 principles of Leave no trace. Upon further review, no I am not on a leave no trace kick.. I have always been. As a Scout and Scouter we always practice and practiced good stewardship. Now, I know that when I was a Scout leaving less impact was not really a priority. I am glad to see that the BSA is a spearhead organization for Leave no Trace. I am also happy to see the the Boy Scouts of America takes Leave no Trace seriously. But it all happens at the unit level.
Teach, Coach, and certainly mentor the habits learned in the principles of Leave No Trace.
Have a Great Scouting Day!